EUREKA project E! 2727 POLCORRIDOR has been selected as the ‘backbone’ trans-European freight transport corridor to explore interoperability in the EU Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) REORIENT project. REORIENT is assessing the process of transforming European railways from nationally fragmented into internationally integrated systems to encourage a move away from total dependence on road transport.
Started in 2002, the EUREKA project set out to deliver Europe’s most advanced transport corridor, from the Nordic countries to the Balkans, to meet the rapid growth in north-south freight (over 20% in the last five years). POLCORRIDOR uses the latest technology for freight traffic management, intermodal infrastructures and information system architecture.
There are three parts: sea-land connections from Sweden, Finland and Norway to intermodal hubs in Poland; a regularly scheduled block train – the Blue Shuttle – linking Szczecin/Swinoujscie and Gdansk in Poland with Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest; and existing land connections to destinations in most of south and southeastern Europe.
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